Remember those scraggly rose bushes in the back yard retaining wall bed? They looked like this when we moved in...
Pretty pathetic, right?
Well, I trimmed them back a couple weeks ago, just to see what happened. I figured if I killed them, oh well...I can always put something else there in its place. So I got out my pruning shears and started cutting...just removing the brown, dead stuff and stems that seemed strangely out of place. I also mulched with a little mushroom compost.
It seems my efforts have paid off! I started noticing new growth almost right away. Here's what they look like today...
There's definitely still room for improvement, but baby steps, right? I think I'm actually going to have to figure out something to do with the larger one (maybe a trellis?). It's starting to arch overhead rather precariously. I have no idea what kind of roses these are. If anyone happens to know, an ID would be very much appreciated!
Do you grow roses in your garden? What do you do to care for them?
Oh! and in other news (though still on the rose theme), one of my students gave us a lovely housewarming gift. And how appropriate is it that her name is Rosie?